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Detecting emergent processes in cellular automata with excess information

2011

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Many natural processes occur over characteristic spatial and temporal scales. This paper presents tools for (i) flexibly and scalably coarse-graining cellular automata and (ii) identifying which coarse-grainings express an automaton’s dynamics well, and which express its dynamics badly. We apply the tools to investigate a range of examples in Conway’s Game of Life and Hopfield networks and demonstrate that they capture some basic intuitions about emergent processes. Finally, we formalize the notion that a process is emergent if it is better expressed at a coarser granularity.

Author(s): Balduzzi, D.
Book Title: Advances in Artificial Life: ECAL 2011
Pages: 55-62
Year: 2011
Month: August
Day: 0
Editors: Lenaerts, T. , M. Giacobini, H. Bersini, P. Bourgine, M. Dorigo, R. Doursat
Publisher: MIT Press

Department(s): Empirical Inference
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)

Event Name: Eleventh European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems

Address: Cambridge, MA, USA
Digital: 0
ISBN: 978-0-262-29714-1

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BibTex

@inproceedings{Balduzzi2011,
  title = {Detecting emergent processes in cellular automata with excess information},
  author = {Balduzzi, D.},
  booktitle = {Advances in Artificial Life: ECAL 2011},
  pages = {55-62},
  editors = {Lenaerts, T. , M. Giacobini, H. Bersini, P. Bourgine, M. Dorigo, R. Doursat},
  publisher = {MIT Press},
  address = {Cambridge, MA, USA},
  month = aug,
  year = {2011},
  month_numeric = {8}
}